The EBIS German Department
“The one who does not know foreign languages knows nothing of his own.”
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
Learning German as a second foreign language is a key feature of the Curriculum at EBIS starting from Key Stage 1/Year 1. Not only has it been found that an early start in foreign language learning will develop the linguistic competences and intercultural abilities and learning strategies of young pupils. It is fun, too. Films, audio resources, and multimedia are used regularly to enhance the curriculum taught, exposing the students to authentic materials. Therefore, the approach to learning and teaching German at our school is active, enjoyable and very successful.
The support by Goethe Institute and the PASCH initiative promotes a rising quality in learning and teaching at our German department. The “Schools: Partners for the Future” (PASCH) initiative creates a global network of more than 1,800 PASCH schools with particular ties to Germany. The Goethe-Institute supports around 550 PASCH schools of over 100 countries. The initiative is designed to arouse and sustain young people’s interest in and enthusiasm for modern-day Germany, German society and the German language.
The support by Goethe Institute and PASCH brings us many advantages and benefits, like
- scholarship for students: Every summer there is the chance for students with good results in A2-Goethe-Certificate to take a scholarship for 3 weeks summer course in Germany.
• Competition between other PASCH schools in Cairo, like debating, reading and writing.
• Artistic activities, like singing with the PASCH choir at a big concert and workshops with German musicians.
• Cultural projects, like learning history and visiting the historical places. Here actual: ‘The Mediterranean project’
• Promotion of girls in STEM, like ‘Girls Day’
• Teachers training and workshop at Goethe Institute and at German high schools to keep up with the latest teaching methods and materials.
EBIS German department are very active and engaged in PASCH/Goethe projects and Goethe Institute Cairo honored us with some prices, like the ‘Teacher of the Year’ award.
Here are some examples of our PASCH/Goethe projects & activities
100 Egyptian 16-year-old school girls from PASCH schools in Cairo and Alexandria are taking part in Girls’ Day and summer internship. This professional orientation is put into practice with the support of Egyptian private sector companies engaged in STEM and management/leadership. ‘ProGirls’/Professional Orientation of Girls, is implemented jointly by the GIZ program ‘EconoWin’ – commissioned by the Federal German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development- and by PASCH. Some EBIS girls received career guidance with a focus on STEM and managerial positions. They spend a summer internship at Mercedes Gas, ACT, CISCO, General Motors, Coca Cola and Juhayna,
Over Bridges and Walls
In this project, PASCH students from Egypt, Jordan, Belgium, Albania and North Macedonia exchanged ideas. The task: What do you associate with bridges and walls? What walls are there in your life or country? Which bridges have you crossed and which bridges do you want to build in the future?
EBIS team took the 1st place. Here the winner video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdKfq3FHeis
2: Ebook by the German Federal Foreign Office
With the motto „I Have a Dream“, the German Federal Foreign Office was calling on young authors all over the world to share their dreams, hopes, and wishes about the future. The work of our young EBIS authors are:
1.) page 137: The Taste of Travelling by Karim Hesham
2.) page 331: Das Wasser, der Ball und ich by Adam Moh. Shoukry
3.) page 333: Ein Traum wird wahr by Adham Aly Eldlebshany
4.) page 496: The Tree’s Speech by Dan Emad Amin
5.) page 498: The Pro Gamer by Daniel Magdy
6.) page 650: Singing Makes You Happy by Jolie Samer Samir
7.) page 886: Zeit zum Träumen by Ragy Elmandarawy
3: German Reading Competition
All PASCH schools in Egypt were competing together in reading German stories on three different levels online. We are so proud, that Ritaj Khaled Iessa achieved the 1st place in Egypt on A1 level. Congratulations! Here is her video:
4: RADIJOJO, A German children radio channel
It is the third time for EBIS to take part in a German radio program by RADIJOJO. EBIS student group met German school classes from Munich and Hamburg. They started to know each other by skype sessions. After they discussed about the Sustainable Development GOALS.
Here are the three different Radio Programs:
- February 2020, exchange of students from the Czech Republic, Germany and Egypt
- June 2020, exchange of EBIS students and a German school class from Berlin
- November 2020, exchange of EBIS students and a German school class from Hamburg
EBIS students recreated famous Egyptian or German work of art in putting their selves in the same style and position or whatever. Check here their Art@home work:
6: Goethe Calender
Goethe Institute Cairo was calling for photos or paintings for the professional printed Goethe Calender 2021.
EBIS students were so creative: https://drive.google.com/file/d/11tLQK5wUae4gpBCk85InLzrOfMvUhUu_/view?usp=sharing
7: PASCH net Competition about ‚human rights‘
PASCH net was calling for an International Competition about Human Rights in June 2020 for all students of PASCH schools over the world. The task: Create a digital picture story with maximum 15 pictures about the theme ‘Equal rights for all’. EBIS took part with 5 digital picture stories.
- By Yassin Gamal and Youmna Emad
Children of egypt: studying or working?
In this story, students are fighting for quality education for poor children in Egypt. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hixzHeFIYK9eSiETe_NjbjKmFjIqUP8K/view
- By Jolie Samer and Ritaj Lotfy
The fairy-tale of ghost Eleanor in Egypt. In this story the ghost of Eleanor Roosevelt is visiting Egypt to check-up the human rights. By talking to people and the parliament, Egypt is becoming a nice and happy country.
- By Razan Moharam
election of class reprehensive
Razan is showing that every students has the right to be a class reprehensive. Every student has his strengths and weakness. We have to respect this.
- By Dan Emad
This story shows how a poor woman is becoming successful and happy.
- By Daniel Magdy and Judy Saeed
The fairy-tale about fairness and success
This story shows how poor people could be successful with useful help and support.
8: Invent a board game
Goethe Institute was calling for the competition: ‘Invent a board game’ and EBIS team invent a fantastic learning game. The player is travelling through Egypt and is learning a lot about culture, art and nature. Furthermore the German language will be trained in a fun way. The EBIS team by David Wael, Karim Hesham and Samuel Fady is the winner of the 1st place. The board game is produced professional by https://makouk.com/. Here you will find the presentation of the board game: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xfC90ZaM4UZ92AeVwky5URIUQTHi0QI4/view
9: Drawing competition by Radijojo
Radijojo was calling for a drawing competition about the SDGs, the Sustainable Development goals. The students were free to choose any of the 17 goals as a theme to create a painting. Congratulatios to Rital Saeed Abdel Mabood, Hamza Mohamed Moharam, Judy Saeed Abdel Mabood, Razan Mohamed Moharam. Please have a look on their work:
10: story competiton
Congratulation to Moezz Ahmed. He wrote a fantastic essay about ‘pollution and nature’. His writing was so excellent, that Goethe Institute published it on their PASCH blog:
11: German Choir
The German PASCH Choir is one of our famous projects. In regularly after school sessions the choir was growing. They are singing songs in German, English and Arabic. Every year in May there is a closing event – The Final Concert, where all PASCH choirs are singing together. In May 2018 EBIS had the honor to welcome the German Ambassador at our theatre for the Final PASCH Concert.
It is said that Germany is the country of poets and thinkers – Das Land der Dichter und Denker. There is definitely no denying the second part. A large percentage of the world’s most impressive achievements were first conceived of in German. So learning German is a very good choice not just from a linguistic point of view, but also in terms of economic opportunity, networking potential and cultural gain. German is a worthwhile choice.
“Everything we encounter leaves traces behind.
Everything contributes imperceptibly to our education.”
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
German Department Team
- Ms Carola Mansour, head
- Ms Abier Ahmed Saied
- Ms Aya Ahmed Helmi Hasan
- Ms Malak El Guindi
- Ms. Mona El Kadi
- Ms. Ola Adel Ezzat Abbas Elsebai